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you know, they can catch us at some inprecision on something, in light of that, it makes sense for us to go ahead, lay out what exactly we're doing, have a discussion with congress, have a discussion with industry, which is also impacted by this, have a discussion with civil libertarians and see can we do this better? i think the main thing i want to
like israel and turkey and jordan, and it increases the risk that chemical weapons will be used in the future and fall into the hands of terrorists who might use them against us. we're not considering any open-ended commitment. we're not considering any boots on the ground approach. what we will do is consider options that meet the narrow concern around chemical weapons. >> washington had been banking on the u.k. to assist in a strike on syria, but the british parliament said no, we're not going along with that. they voted against military action. we still have france and turkey with us, but the arab league says they will not back retaliatory military strike, denying obama the valuable cover that he thought he was going to get. earlier this afternoon after meeting with the president and the national security council, secretary of state john kerry delivered the administration's most powerful statement to date on this matter. >> we know that the regime has used those weapons multiple times this year. we know that for three days before the attack, the syrian regime's chemical weapo
of the intelligence community, if you are the ordinary person and you start seeing a bunch of headlines saying u.s., big brother looking down on you, collecting telephone records, et cetera, well, understandably people
't call it a coup, he didn't pull u.s. aid dollars even ignoring a reporter-shouted question about it. the white house isn't doing enough. can the u.s. attorney its back on egypt, a nation that is corner stone for middle east peace. we have ayman mohyeldin on the ground. and we have washington post correspondent matt miller. ayman, let's start with you. things are quieter today than they were why i had. we'll start with you. this is far from over, isn't it? >> reporter: you're absolutely correct, abby. to give you a sense how drastic the situation is changing in egypt, on the day where 15 people are killed you get a sense that it's relatively calm compared to what it was yesterday. we say 15 given some of the casualties we've been hearing. now there have been reports across the country of violence. we'll start off here in cairo where supporters of the ousted president carried out an attack on one of the government municipalitiy buildings here. the supporters of the ousted president attacked a government building using molotov cocktails. police had to intervene using tear gas. they iss
capehart in for toure. the state department takes extrord mare measures, so what are the rest of us supposed to think? >>> how much of the administration's response been influenced by public opinion? and is this the new moral. >>> it's no surprise who tops the new poll of america's hottest politicians. chris christie. >> how? >> but here's what caught us. which party is bringing that heat? >>> "sports illustrated" and the most beautiful face of socialism, olympic gold medalist, katarina vit. big names and big news right now in "the cycle." >>> we start at my insistence on the baseball diamond. okay, let's be honest. it was more of a group effort by krystal. any minute now, major league baseball is expected to announce the suspensions of more than a dozen players for a combined total of more than 800 games. the biggest name on the list, alex rodriguez, who will likely be punched out by the mlb for 214 games. but the story doesn't end there. it appears a-rod will appeal his suspension, allowing him to continue playing during that process. that means we're probably in for an extra inni
, u.s. secretary of state john kerry said the promise of the arab spring itself in egypt has now been deeply damaged by today's violence. >> violence will not create a road map for egypt's future. violence only impedes the transition to an inclusive, civilian government, a government chosen in free and fair elections that governors democratically, consistent with the goals of the egyptian revolution. and violence and continued political polarization will only further tear the egyptian economy apart. >> we start today with nbc news foreign correspondent ayman mohyeldin inside cairo. what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, the curfew is just going into effect now. the egyptian government was being very serious about anyone who violates that curfew, saying they would be immediately imprisoned. part of the state of emergency that has been declared also suspends the rights of civilians to have trials or for that matter due process. so you can expect a lot of criticism from human rights organizations and other activists over the fact that the interim government has now declared this state
if president obama decides to strike syria and top u.s. officials say those strikes could start as soon as thursday and will send a definitive message to assad. with syrian ally russia wheeling power on the veto council, this might happen without a u.n. mandate. it's happened before, like the 1999 nato op in the former youk slav ya. the u.s. has four naval destroyers in the mediterranean. so far, they have no orders to prepare for action. doctors without borders puts the death toll from last week's poison gas attack over 350 with 3600 injured. p u.n. inspectors were kept out today because of security concerns, this amid new reports that assad forces launched a separate chemical attack money in aleppo, allegedly usining napalm. ayman, i want to the start by getting your response to something jay carney said today about the options they are considering in terms of a strike in syria. >> the options that we are considering are not about regime change. they are about responding to a clear violation of an international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons. >> so ayman, if we do
comfortable and prepared for that last stop. >> giving us a great view. kristen welker with the president. thanks so much. for more on the president's policy proposals, let's bring in global business editor for "newsweek" dan gross. always great to have you here. let's talk about the politics. it's no secret the president is sort of bypassing republicans, talking directly to the american people now. we're starting to get a sense, a little more insight into what republicans are going to bring to the table come this fall. this is what speaker boehner told a group of gop members in a conference call yesterday. quote, when we return, our intent is to move quickly on a short-term continuing resolution that keeps the government running and maintains current sequester spending levels. our message will remain clear until the president agrees to better cuts and reforms that help grow the economy and put us on a path to a balanced budget. the sequester he himself proposed, insisted on, and signed into law stays in place. this short-term continuing resolution, what will this mean come for the fall?
decision about how to to this indiscriminate use of chemical weapons. make no mistake. president obamas believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. nothing today is more serious, and nothing is receiving more serious scrutiny. thank you. >> secretary of state john kerry condemning the assad regime for its believed use of chemical weapons on his own people. kerry saying the attack should shock the conscience of the world. we want to get right to nbc's ayman mohyeldin in the region. what's your response to that? >> reporter: well, some very interesting points there from secretary of state john kerry. among them, really, was laying out the argument for the use of chemical weapons over the course of the last several days. that was certainly something many people here were very critical about. obviously over the course of the last several days, the central question was, was it the syrian regime that used chemical weapons against its own people? what we heard from secretary of state john kerry were
of if we'll respond to the syrian chemical attack, it's a question of when and who's with us. right now u.n. inspectors are back at their hotels after spending another day interviewing survivors and collecting samples. they'll be coming home on saturday raising speculation that a strike might be on hold until after they're safely out of damascus. when it comes to who's with us, our major ally with us in this, british prime minister david cameron, who's facing his own resistance, but others say they won't join in the strike without u.n. support. as we suspect, that won't happen since russia holds veto power on the u.n. security council. russia is a big assad supporter. assad's other ally is iran which is vowing to strike israel. as a precaution, they're calling to issue gas masks. turkey is constructing bunkers and they're sending experts to the syrian border. because there are so many parts, we're looking at this in three sections. first, we're looking a the the pentagon, what's going on behind closed doors at the white house and finally the role of congress in all of this. they're being
were killed near damascus when government forces used chemical weapons on them. the white house today condemned any use of chemical weapons. we're told the president is being updated about developments throughout the region. >> we've seen these reports. we've consulted with some of our partners in it the region about these reports. but that is why we are calling for this u.n. investigation to be conducted. there is an investigation team that's on the ground in syria right now. we are hopeful that the assad regime will follow through on what they have claimed previously, that they are interested in a credible investigation. >> for the rest of this week, however, the president turns his focus squarely on the economy, with a bus tour and series of campaign-style stump speeches. tomorrow he's in upstate new york. he'll wrap up alongside vice president joe biden friday afternoon in scranton. now, i'm told michael scott will not be there, but organizers are hoping for an appearance by dwight schrute. jonathan allen, those are references to the hit nbc show "the office." i want to make sure
zuckerberg finds a status he doesn't like, and he's using his global reach to friend more people. >>> the fate of reputed mobster whitey bulger is now in the hands of the jury. >>> plus, more on the embassy closings and a-rod. if it's happening today, it's in "the cycle." >>> president obama just touched down in phoenix. this hour he'll tour a construction company in the hour before laying out his plan for the future of american homeownership. it's a big task indeed. the white house is billing it as a major policy speech in a part of the country that was hit so hard by the housing crisis but has also seen a remarkable comeback. home sales in the phoenix area are up 4% from last year. prices are up more than 18%. inventory is up more than 20%, which is a sign that more sellers are entering the market. the president wants to make it easier for us to either get a mortgage or to refinance a current mortgage at a lower rate. there's also a big push by the administration to get the government out of the business, winding down fannie and freddie, putting more private money into the hous
. >> absolutely. all right, kelly o'donnell. please stay with us. let's bring in josh farrow. obviously, the national security issues kelly was just mentioning are probably going to be leading this press conference, but the president has been out on a campaign-style tour touting his jobs plans, both on housing and more broadly. how much do we expect to hear here today about economics? >> i think we'll hear a fair bit. i think the president will want to talk about it in terms of his jobs plan. i think the questions we're likely to see are more likely to relate to the big upcoming votes in congress. we need a continuing resolution to keep the government over after september 30th. we're going to need a debt ceiling increase. and the president's messaging about that has been clear. basically that he has a plan to grow the economy and create jobs and he doesn't want to disrupt that with manufactured crises created by not passing a spending bill so the government would close or by not raising the debt ceiling. i expect that's a message we'll hear from him. we may hear a question or two about
with life after combat. so how can the rest of us help them? we'll have a vet turned voice for these 21st century patriots. >>> and msnbc will bring you complete live coverage this hour of the president in a speech packed not with policy but hopefully with promise for a whole new generation of american heroes. ♪ >>> we'll have more from camp pendleton coming up. but we begin with a new decision from president obama. he's cancelling a planned one-on-one with russian president vladimir putin. the meeting was scheduled to coincide with the president's trip to the g-20 economic trip. obama vowed to keep his commitment in attending the g-20 during a sit-down with jay leno last night. that's despite his disappointment over putin's decision to grant nsa leaker edward snowden asylum. so are we headed toward a modern-day cold war between these two? >> i was disappointed because, you know, even though we don't have an extradition treaty with them, traditionally we have tried to respect if there's a lawbreaker or an alleged lawbreaker in their country. there have been times where th
is that the helicopters started to shoot us innocent people when we were walking in groups. if you have a brother or a sister who has been killed, on wednesday they killed innocent people. my friends and relatives have been killed. we came today to say screaming to all the world that we are innocent people. we don't hold weapons. we are trying to get our votes. why are they killing us? >> you sound -- >> why are they killing my vote? >> the worst of the violence today is centered in cairo's ramsey square, where one field hospital says at least 80 are dead. right now a high-rise building is ablaze. nbc's richard engel filed this report from the square before sundown. >> reporter: after just about three hour, things here are definitely starting to turn. we've heard live gunshots. the protesters have started to light fires, to create smoke to try and protect themselves. they are expecting the security forces to come in here at any time. >> nbc news foreign correspondent ayman mohyeldin is in cairo where things are getting worse. ayman, what's going on? >> reporter: good evening, krystal. it's the th
'm sure none of us talking about him today are, but what he says notwithstanding whether they're the rambles of a sick man or not, i mean, it makes you want to reach out and grab him through the television screen and pull him right back in your living room and do something to him. i mean, this guy put these women through torture that has just literally unseen in this country to be repeated over and over again. this is something similar to -- it's like a concentration camp guard in world war ii who said, wait a minute, it wasn't my fault. somebody made me do it. but nobody made him do it. he choose to do it himself and he chose to rio fend against them 13,000 some plus days over and over again. he had a choice every day to turn them loose. he knew what he was doing. now i just don't want to engage in any psychological executions. i think supreme to take responsibility for themselves and when societal louse somebody to blame others, i think that's where we start to break down. >> clint, luke russert here in burbank. i have a question regarding the psyche of the victims. >> yeah.
with the recent rates, it's going to be another seven years just to get us back to even with pre-recession employment numbers with where we would be to recover. that's 2020, okay. that's like president clinton or president christie going into their second term. we've worked that up there for jobs friday to give you a feeling of how far air way that is. should that be a big bummer? do you agree with that assessment? >> i do. that really was where i was coming from in my first set of comments, this idea of being stuck in second gear. if the gdp growth, which is just growth in the overall economy, is kind of just percolating along between 1% and 2%, which is where we are, you're not going to get the magnitude of job growth to absorb the slack that's still in the labor market. one of the problems you have is that when the job market is still kind of weak like that, you don't really have much on the wage pressure side. so over the last year, we find that wages are up a little bit below 2%. that's about the rate of price growth, about the rate of inflation. that just means that people'
center of sidney university out of new york. thank you for being with us. >> a pleasure. >> the changes attorney general holder ared advocating are real. we have to realize only 10% of our prison population is made up of federal prisoners. do you think the attorney general will serve as sort of a leader to push states to enact their own reforms in this regard? >> i think there's no question that he gave a real shoutout to those 17 states that are already doing that and trying to emphasize a nonpunitive approach to the drug problem, which is being embraced nationwide. >> and candiccandice, one thing thinking through is let's say you were just charged with one of these drug offenses before holder gave his speech and you have the language there that does trigger the mandatory minimum sentencing. then after these changes, you could have someone with the very same offense who had the very same amount of drugs and do not have that language that leads to the triggering of the mandatory minimum sentencing, do you have a concern at all that because those two individuals who committed the very sa
indictment. break down the findings for us. some of the murders he was found guilty of, some of them he was not. >> reporter: yeah, these -- they all fell sort of under this racketeering charge, which is a catch all. there were 19 murders. he was found guilty of committing or being co-conspirator in 11 of them. this all during the time when he was reported to be an fbi informant. we're now hearing outside of the courthouse from some of the victims' families. we heard from pat donahue. her husband michael was one of the murders that was proven in this case. she says today she really feels like she got justice. we also heard from steven davis. he's been very vocal through all of this. his sister debra was murdered, but that was the one charge that was found no finding. so it wasn't proven or not proven. the jury just couldn't reach a finding on that. so he was understandably disappointed. he said, though, you really can't find closure in a case like this. there's no way to bring them back. and he also pointed out that he thinks that whitey bulger now is more upset about being called a rat
to clarify reports over u.s. aid to egypt while egypt's already received the majority of this year's military aid. there is about $600 million left. that's being held as the administration reviews its policies. technically, washington is not withholding aid, since they have until the end of the fiscal year, september 30th, to distribute it. speaking of money in washington, the sequester is still haunting all of us. it's the sequester wheel of misfortunate. i know you guys have missed this. six months after its first appearance, we are still calling it sequester savagery. let's be honest, not a lot has chan changed. everyone figured the sequester will never happen. it's just too terrible. but they figured wrong. while the first $85 billion in across the board spending cuts are already happening, the remaining $1.1 trillion in cuts will be with us over the next decade unless congress acts to restore the cash. the next round starts in just six weeks. 650,000 civilian government workers are furloughed this summer. the pentagon's facing $52 billion in additional cuts starting this fall. 57,000 low
agreement between israel and egypt says in principle that u.s. aid should be commensurate between israel and -- from washington to israel and from washington to egypt. does the united states really want to be the first country that breaks the spirit of the camp david accords, whether it is breaking the law or not, it would certainly be seen here as breaking the spirit. >> well, ambassador, you mentioned earlier that they actually don't need the aid, but aren't there other political implications here snr i mean, if you cut off the aid, wouldn't that suggest we are supporting the muslim brotherhood? is that what we want? >> that's exactly the bind we got ourselves into because there was great consternation within egypt that we seem to have made our bed with the muslim brotherhood and we've lost that bet. the muslim brotherhood, for whatever may have been the reasons why we supported them, at least when i say supported them, involved politically with them, they afterall had the presidency. now the presidency has changed again. there will be new elections inevitably in the future. the israel
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hear the sound of the bell today, come to that spot and our god will fight with us. so today we're going to let freedom ring all across this nation. we're going to let freedom ring everywhere we go. if freedom is going to ring in libya, in syria, in egypt, in florida, then we must reach across the table, feed each other, and let freedom ring. [ bells tolling ] >>> in 19 63, the 16th street baptist church was bombed. the bell was saved. thanks to the mayor of birmingham, that bell is here. to help celebrate dr. king's legacy and this day, let freedom ring. [ bell tolling ] [ cheers and applause ] >> please welcome our next performance by tony and grammy award winner heather headley. ♪ >> msnbc's special coverage of the 50th anniversary of martin luther king jr.'s iconic "i have a dream" speech continues here with "the cycle." what a day it's been. 200 speakers, thousands of people gathered in d.c. president obama is moments away from speaking on the steps of the lincoln memorial, the same spot where dr. king spoke 50 years ago. we've seen the king family ringing the bell that w
officials to try to confirm whether or not chemical weapons were in fact used inside syria. there's video during this recent conversation. more than a year now. so the obama administration is anxious to be able to corroborate those very reports. i've been speaking to some lawmakers on the hill. they say they are anxious to get corroboration. there's a lot of pressure on the obama administration to get answers about what specifically did take place in syria. back to you in the studio. >> reports that the president is squarely focused on the economy. for more on that we bring in josh, politics editor and insider. josh, it's always good to have you. when you think of the average college students, the borrower is leaving college with $26,000 in debt and the president spoke to us this morning and he talked about improving the cost effectiveness of higher education. josh, i think of you as a pretty sane guy. what is your reaction to what the president is proposing? >> i'm glad to be hearing this. for most of the last year when we talk about college affordability, we've been fighting about how t
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